An accidental country girl, Ally lives on a 21 acre farm in rural Iowa, where she has no idea what she’s doing, but loves the scenery. She and her husband work at a Bible Camp, where they share the love of Jesus behind-the-scenes and in practical ways. Ally writes about what God is teaching her, learns to give herself grace, and finds blessings in the everyday at The Speckled Goat (

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Interview with Ally and Under the Tree Linky Party #17

by | Sep 16, 2016 |

Linky Party

Welcome to Under the Tree.  This week’s interview is with Ally who wrote the most viewed post, The Means to a Never Ending End, from her blog The Speckled Goat.

Below there are a few questions Ally graciously answered for your reading enjoyment.  Read Ally’s  responses and then add your post to the linky party. 

1. What is your blog about and what made you choose that topic?

“The Speckled Goat” is a Christian lifestyle blog that covers… well… everything. I started the blog as an outlet- I’ve always loved writing and often process feelings best through writing, but I’m also a people-pleasing extrovert, so putting my words out there online was a natural progression. I typically write one Bible-based devotion a week, with scattered homemaking, organizing, recipe, and chatty posts thrown in for good measure.

2. How do you manage your time between their family, church life, blogging, and work (if you work outside of the home)?

Not very well. Ha. No, but seriously, I do a lot of writing “offline,” on word processing programs, which helps to keep me focused on writing when I’m writing- and it makes me much more efficient. My job is very demanding- I work at a Bible Camp, and the ministry is vibrant and booming- but it’s important to me to have time away. We don’t have internet or television at home… more because of laziness in getting it hooked up than a conscious choice… and that keeps family time a priority. It’s been a blessing, living in the middle of no where. The only thing that keeps me sort of organized is having a planner (which I write about on my blog!)

3. What blog(s) do you read in your free time?  Which blog(s) give you inspiration?

I love blogs. Seriously, love love love. My current favorites are Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet ( and Camp Patton (

4. What book(s) are you currently reading?

Currently, I’m reading Unglued by Lysa TerKuerst, and also God in You by David Jeremiah.

5. What advice do you have for new bloggers? For experienced bloggers?

I’d say that my advice is the same to both new and experienced bloggers– be you. The “blogger business” is booming, and everyone and their brother wants to sell you a product or course that will make your blog awesome. Honestly, some of the advice is good, but a lot is just… not. Not every tip is going to be a fit for you and for what your blog is about. Use discretion, and whenever you feel yucky about a tip or fake in a post or promotion, consider that a red flag. Be you, and don’t lose your integrity!

Thank you Ally for your time and blessing us with your wonderful writing! Feel free to grab the button below to add to your blog.

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Interview with Ally and Under the Tree Linky Party #17

by | Sep 16, 2016 |